Jif peanut butter is recalled due to salmonella concerns
Before you whip up that batch of 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies or No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars with Oreo Crust for dessert this week, check your pantry! Jif peanut butter products are being pulled from retail shelves across the country due to a salmonella outbreak in several states. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company voluntarily recalled 49 peanut butter products, including creamy and crunchy peanut butter in an assortment of sizes, peanut butter with no added sugar, peanut butter natural creamy and crunchy, reduced-fat products. peanut butter, to-go peanut butter cups and more (the full list of recalled peanut butter products can be found here). The products have been distributed nationwide and have lot code numbers between 1274425 and 2140425.
Jif is part of the JM Smucker Company, which also includes brands such as Folgers, Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Rachael Ray Nutrish, Smucker’s, and more.
So far, 14 cases of illness have been reported – including two hospitalizations – in 12 different states. The 12 states that have reported salmonella cases are Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Salmonella symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting in most healthy people. According to the FDA, young children or people with weakened immune systems may experience more serious symptoms such as arterial infections (ie infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
If you happen to have any of the affected Jif Peanut Butter products, discard them immediately or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Surfaces and utensils (such as butter knives, spoons, or spatulas) that may have come into contact with contaminated peanut butter should be washed and sanitized. Consumers with questions can call 800-828-9980 for more information.